Last week I was talking with a friend about the dysfunctional nature of national politics. My friend, a conservative, admitted that President Obama has done a good job with the economy. After picking my jaw up off of the ground, we discussed how we are less than thrilled with the idea of another Clinton in the White House. In sixteen of my thirty-one years, we’ve had a president named Clinton or Bush. To me, thinking about the possibility of eight more years under a Clinton or Bush seems less than ideal.
I will be the first to admit that I am an admirer of Bill Clinton. He has charm and wit could persuade Satan to pray if it satisfied his agenda. My point is not to judge Bill Clinton or the Bush’s on how they have performed as leaders, but to emphasize our desperate need to put a fresh face in the White House just as we did in 2008 by electing President Obama.
As liberals, we are in a good place. Barack Obama’s election in 2008 was a defining moment for the hopes and visions of progressives across America. In 2012, progressives let out a sigh of relief as we watched President Obama retain the White House and defeat corporatocracy in the form of Mitt Romney. Sure, President Obama has let us down on several key issues, but more importantly, we finally felt we had a true progressive in the White House. At this point, we progressives have to ask ourselves one important question. Do we really want another Bush or Clinton in the White House?
One Democratic candidate that can make an impact in the 2016 primary is Governor Martin O’Malley. He is a rising voice in the Democratic party; a party that needs strong progressive voices to hold its candidates accountable in the 2016 primaries.
Martin O’Malley began public service in 1991 as a member of the Baltimore City Council. In 1999, he was elected mayor of Baltimore where he served until he was elected governor of Maryland in 2007. O’Malley has all but formally announced a run for the White House in 2016. In a recent interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Martin O’Malley spoke about the need for the Presidency to be more than a crown that is passed between two families. When asked if he meant the Bush/Clinton families, he replied with “any two families,” but it doesn’t take much to know exactly who he is referring to. Also highlighted in the interview were his remarks about taking on special interests as well as addressing a 12 year decline in wages. In 2008, O’Malley publicly supported Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama. But in 2016, he has the potential to become Clinton’s biggest challenger for the democratic nomination.
Let me be clear, our number one goal is and always will be to keep the Republicans, specifically the modern-day extremists like Ted Cruz or Bobby Jindal out of the White House. While most progressives would love to see Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders, we must be willing to unite behind the Hillary Clinton if she ends up getting the nomination.
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